Now that the season is complete, a handful of Kentucky basketball players have an important decision to make. Will they return to Kentucky or test the NBA Draft waters?
On tonight’s call-in show, John Calipari said farewell to Reid Travis and P.J. Washington. “Then you got two or three or four guys that, okay, how do we do this?”
Calipari said each player will meet with the assistant coaches, then come to his office for individual meetings over the next two days. There are two different approaches to how each player’s decision will unfold.
“The one thing you gotta understand in this, if you make a decision based on, I just wanna go try it, then you’re not quite ready. If you don’t have the skillset yet, you don’t have a resume of what you do as a player, sometimes you’re one or two years from unemployment. That’s why when you go in that league you want to be ready,” he said.
“The second thing is, if you got off the court stuff going on, you’re not really mentally into this, you don’t need to walk into that man’s environment.”
Calipari will ask them what they’re thinking and he’ll provide feedback. If a kid wants to go, he’s not forcing them to stay.
“We always will roll with what they want to do. There may be kids that I may say, ‘if I’m you, this is how I play this out.’ But at the end of the day I told them about this on the plane after, during the season it’s all about team. The minute the season’s over…now it’s about individual players.”
Above all else, Calipari wants each player leaving with lessons that will benefit them for the rest of their life.
“We want them all leaving this program with an unbelievable experience that they can draw on,” said Coach Cal. “Do we want them to leave with a national title? Yes we do. But leaving with that experience, leaving with an understanding of what commitment means — which will carry into their lives and everything they do — what a good teammate is, what a servant leader truly is, if they leave with those things, they’re going to have success in whatever they chose.”